My cousin brought to my attention that my precious Cantu Shea ButterÂ leave-inÂ containsÂ alcohol.. What!!??? alcohol, really!? yup!… it does…. along with many of our conditioners andÂ leave-insÂ to my surprise. So I took to theÂ Google, blogs and scientific journals to find out why does ourÂ conditionersÂ have the very thing that we are trained to avoid (dryness, hard tresses, no bueno). Turns out…. ignorance is a bitch… because the ones in our conditioners/leave-ins actually are not harmful.
- derived from coconut oil or palm oil
- made by heating coconut oil with sodium hydroxide (but once the final product is made there are no harmful ingredients)
- They help the oil and water commonly found in conditioner to mix, they are emulsifiers
- cetylÂ alcohol/stearylÂ specifically provides a creamy consistency to conditionersÂ
What about my hair?